Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Reviewairman - September 6, 2009
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Out of the box, the case looks attractive. Vents can be found everywhere you look and you can practically see through the back half of the case. The chromed plate on the front adds a nice accent and houses the power buttons as well as the front I/O ports. The paint looks like it is a powder coat, which is extra durable and has a nice, smooth feel. The only downside is fingerprinting, but I prefer the semi-gloss finish and it adds a nice touch in my book. The interior is not painted, but that's not too much of a concern to me. However, some people do like the extra clean look it adds. I prefer the money spent elsewhere in additional features.
The case is vented on both the top and bottom. The top perforations support a 140mm fan, as well as a 120mm fan, while the bottom vent under the power supply will just serve as a passive cooling solution. If the power supply is rotated a certain way, which will be discussed on the next page, the bottom vent can actually serve as an intake.
The Cooler Master Gladiator 600 includes the traditional front I/O ports (two USB, a headphone and microphone jack), as well as an eSATA port. Three buttons include power, reset, and one to control the lights on the front blue LED fan, which can be turned on or off. This was very thoughtful on Cooler Master’s part as some people do not prefer lights, although, through the perforated steel, it adds a nice glow.
The first thing I noticed while opening the case were the drive bay covers. They are made from perforated metal and each have foam on the inside, for both noise reduction and dust filtration. They don't flex so you can't wiggle them out from the front, the whole bezel has to be removed to pull them out from behind. It is a little inconvenient, but they are very well made so that makes up for the extra effort required in moving them around.